Light Stuff

Roy Beisswenger takes over the Light Stuff column this month, and quickly shows why hes the right man for the job.

Down To Earth

The founders of the Solar Impulse Project build on their successes with a planned around-the-world flight and a stopover at the Paris Air Show. By Amy Laboda.

Rag Wing Roots

These days, I seem to be associated mostly with metal airplanes, RVs in particular. Just take a look at that byline down there—I have...

Just a Trim, Please

Being well out of trim myself at the time, staying busy whirling the little knobbed wheel in the Cessna 150 trainer never appeared overly...

Hot Over Warming Up

To warm up or coldly go into the takeoff?

Shop in Comfort

I’ve confessed to building Metal Illness in a space that many, or most, would rate less than ideal. In my defense, my brain’s right...

Viewfinder

Marc Cook spends a few days helping perform the annual on a friends RV-7A, and finds it much easier than doing his own.

Light Stuff

Ready to jump into gyroplanes? Roy Beisswenger explains the options available and the regulations for this exciting segment of aviation.

Viewfinder

Editor-at-Large Marc Cook considers the relevance of airworthiness directives for homebuilders and reflects on what he learned about the current homebuilt market at Sun ’n Fun.

Free Flight

What does a video game have in common with building an airplane? More than you might think.

In Case You Missed it

Bend It Like…A Pro

If you always wanted a custom exhaust for your homebuilt but were too afraid to ask, consider this alternative where you build the model and then send it in to the shop for professional fabrication. Author Bret Davenport found the Aircraft Exhaust four-into-one collector system for his Pitts S-1S more than satisfactory.

Build Your Own Leak-Down Tester

Converting a Harbor Freight compression tester for aircraft engine use.

Completions

Builders share their successes.

Engine Beat

The first step to stopping an oil leak is determining where its coming from, and thats not as easy as you might think. By Steve Ells.